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New Zealand
Citizenship

 Important note: All information contained in this topic about visas to New Zealand, is to be used as a guide only and are not official information. We cannot guarantee they are correct. For official and up-to-date information, see the official website of New Zealand Immigration official or web of the New Zealand Embassy in your country.

There are several situations that "The Department of Internal Affairs" may grant citizenship to people not born in New Zealand. One would be for a child of a person proven to be New Zealander, who was born in another country. Another situation, the person would have been born in the Pacific Islands and Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, or Ross, before 1 January 2006 (when these islands were administered by New Zealand). And the most common situation is the case of people applied through Immigration and granted Permanent Residence. For this last mentioned case there are two situations: 1) the person has  received a residence permit before April 21, 2005, and has lived in NZ for over three years. 2) the person received residence after the above date and has lived for more than five years in New Zealand. There are some other situations of citizenship, but it does not matter here.

  Under the law, a person can apply for NZ Citizenship, if have lived in NZ for 5 years after the application for permanent residency was granted. Besides that it is requested that the person wants to continue living in NZ after being granted citizenship. Other requirements are to understand and speak English well, have good character and had no problems with the justice during the period as a resident.

To apply, the person who fulfills the requirements, have to pay a fee of NZ $ 470 (adult) NZ $ 235 (under 16years old), and fill out the form . Having paid and sent the completed form,( link for form and fees)  a person in the charge of your application will contact you and send the list of documents to be provided by you.

Once your NZ citizenship is approved, will be marked a ceremony of the Certificate of Citizenship, the mayor of his town, where a group, everyone will have to swear to obey the laws of New Zealand, and swear allegiance to the Queen of England. The oath follows, and is called the "Oath of Allegiance" ( below):

 ( name) swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, Her heirs and successors according to the law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of New Zealand and fulfil my duties as a New Zealand citizen. So help me God". (help me God  no need to say this if a person is not religious).

Nota 1 At the end of the ceremony, at the exit, you may be stopped to register as a voter, what is required. But voting in New Zealand is not mandatory,only those people who want to vote.
Note 2: When you become Newzealander, you do not lose the other citizenship you had before.
Note 3: With the certificate Citizenship, you already can get your New Zealand Passport.

For more information about New Zealand citizenship please see the Website of the  NZ Department of Internal Affairs, or send your questions to:

Email: citizenship@dia.govt.nz
Freephone: 0800 22 51 51 (New Zealand only)
Phone: (+64 4) 474-8123 (from overseas)
Fax: (+64 4) 382-3406

Big John after Citizenship ceremony, received the congratulations of more than 40 million sheep living in New Zealand. He was so excited, he spent more than a week without sleep counting one by one.
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